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Bedford High School Commencement
Right: Congratulations to the Bedford High School Class of 2014. Two hundred forty four students graduated June 6 at a Commencement Ceremony at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University. Best wishes for a successful future in college and careers. Above: The Class Gift that the Class of 2014 presented to Superintendent Micsak at Commencement was a new scholarship called the â€œ1-4 the studentsâ€? scholarship. The $500 scholarships were presented to 4 graduating seniors at graduation. An additional $550 will go to the Class of 2015 to continue with this scholarship. Left to right: Danyelle Chambers, Class President Maureen Duffy, Paul Svagerko, Elise Lingenfield, Superintendent Sherm Micak, and Antonia Searight (on stairs).
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Wild Streak Reaches Six in Friday Co-ed Softball With their doubleheader sweep of Rare Breed on May 16th, Wild Streak has now won six in a row and has moved within two games of the top spot in the Bedford Friday Coed Softball league. Brian Rouse’s four hits and five RBI lead the way for Wild Streak in game one’s 15-5 win. Manager Jerry Isler had two hits and two RBI for Rare Breed. In game two, Dan Podlecki knocked in eight on the strength of four hits to lead the onslaught in a 28-12 win. Manager Frank Gwiazdowski lead the way with four hits
and five runs scored for Wild Streak. Mike Lamkins knocked in six for Rare Breed. In a battle of the Mr. Gee’s teams, it was undefeated Mr. Gee’s II, managed by Derek Collins, taking both games by the scores of 10-0 and 19-0. In a rare doubleheader shut out the defense was the key. Holding Mr. Gee’s, managed by Brian Tromp, to just seven hits in both games. In a heated series between Fun Game Sports and Wing Whse., which saw Fun Game Sports handing Wing Whse. their first
loss of the year in game one 17-12. An eight run third inning turned this one around. Fun Game Sports was lead by Chris Steffen and Coty Phillips, each with four hits. Aleia Evans had three hits for Wing Whse. Wing Whse. rebounded in game two winning 153. Brett Kereky and Josh Casson each had three hits. In the battle of the kegglers, it was Pawnee Lanes sweeping Cloverleaf Lanes by the scores of 12-11 and 17-3. Down two runs in their last at-bat, Pawnee Lanes
scored the necessary three runs to get the win. Chris Piscura and Alyssa Daniel each had three hits. Matt Rusch had five hits for Cloverleaf Lanes. An eight run sixth inning blew open this one as Pawnee completed the sweep 17-3. Manager Matt Rossman had five hits for his team. Dale Reed had two hits for Cloverleaf Lanes. The Standings are: Mr. Gee’s II 8-0, Wing Whse. 7-1, Wild Streak 6-2, Fun Game Sports 4-4, Mr. Gee’s 3-5, Pawnee Lanes and Cloverleaf Lanes 2-6, Rare Breed 0-8.
Cross Country Mortgage Gains Top Spot in Mon/Wed Coed Softball Lead By virtue of their two game sweep of Twerk that Pitch and Mr. Gee’s on May 21st, Cross Country Mortgage leaps to the top spot in the Bedford Adult Coed Mon/ Wed Softball league. Holding Twerk that Pitch scoreless the last three innings Cross Country won this one with defense 5-4. Mike Fiorilli and Stacy Arbogast each had three hits. Manager Ryan LoGrasso had two hits for Twerk that Pitch. In their win over Mr. Gee’s, Manager Patrick Kellums
and Scott Brown each had two hits in Cross Country Mortgage’s 10-5 win. Lisa Lenart had two hits for Mr. Gee’s. Mr. Gee’s then bounced back to remain one game out of the league lead by beating Twerk that Pitch 13-9. Jacob Bauman had four hits and four RBI for Twerk that Pitch. Sirna’s Café won both of their games this week by beating Scoreboards 14-13 and Net Shape Tech 15-1. It was Matt Wesolowski’s base hit scoring Brian Hanson with the
walk-off winning run in the victory over Scoreboards. It was Wesolowski’s fourth hit of the game. Matt Metzger and Justin Walkters each had four hits for Scoreboards. Matt Yager lead the way with two hits in the win over Net Shape Tech. Garrett Herman had two hits for Net Shape Tech. Winking Lizard also swept Scoreboards and Net Shape Tech. Manager Adam Moehring’s four hits paced Winking Lizard to the 14-9 win. Jimmy Dean had three hits
for Scoreboards. Winking Lizard’s 13-6 win over Net Shape Tech marked their fourth straight win to move them into second place after six league games. Standings: Cross Country Mortgage 5-1, Winking Lizard, Mr. Gee’s, Sirna’s Cafe 4-2, Twerk that Pitch 3-3, Scoreboards 1-5, and Net Shape Tech 0-6.
District Receives Auditor of State Award with Distinction The Bedford City School District has been awarded the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for earning a clean audit for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. “Good finance is important to everything government does,” noted Dave Yost, Ohio’s Auditor of State, in a written announcement to the Bedford District. “We can’t expect sound budgetary decisions by the board and superintendent unless the books are clean and accurate. I am pleased to present this award to the Bedford City
Schools.” The Auditor of State Award with Distinction is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Fewer than five percent of Ohio government agencies are eligible for this award. To be a recipient, entities must meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report: • The entity files timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in the form of a CAFR (Comprehensive Annual
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•Failure to obtain a timely single audit •Findings for recovery less than $100 •Public meetings or public records “We’re obviously pleased to have been presented this award,” said Mrs. Pavlic. “It confirms our ongoing efforts to be good stewards of taxpayers’ dollars.” She acknowledged the efforts of administrators and other individuals in the Bedford District for using proper financial procedures to protect the school district’s assets.
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Cuyahoga County Residents Encouraged to Take Advantage of Homestead Exemption One week after highlighting tax relief opportunities for constituents affected by property damage this year, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald encouraged eligible residents to apply through the County’s Fiscal Office for the Homestead Exemption program before the June 2nd deadline. “The Homestead Exemption provides significant financial relief for working and middle class families in Ohio,” said FitzGerald. “It’s critical that we highlight opportunities like this one for families who are facing a slow state economy right now. I am hopeful that Cuyahoga County families will take
advantage of this opportunity before the deadline.” Residents age 65 and older, permanently disabled, and who are not currently receiving the Homestead Exemption, may complete an application to apply for the 2014 tax year. Residents already in the program do not need to re-enroll. To qualify for the Homestead Exemption program, residents must be the owner of the home or manufactured home, and must be the owner’s primary residence as of January 1, 2014. If you are eligible for the Homestead Exemption for the 2013 tax year (age
65 or older prior to December 31, 2013, or permanently disabled), there are no income restrictions. However, anyone turning 65 after January 1, 2014, will be subject to income restrictions due to changes made by the Ohio General Assembly. House Bill 59 limits the Homestead Exemption to owneroccupied residents whose adjusted gross income is $30,500 or less, but this change does not affect homeowners currently enrolled in the Homestead Exemption program or eligible applicants for 2013 who submit their application before June 2, 2014. June 2, 2014, is the deadline for 2013 eligible
applicants to be grandfathered in under the previous eligibility guidelines. Applications may be submitted to the Fiscal Office’s Transfer and Recording Department, Reserve Square (lower level), 1701 E. 12th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114. For additional information, please contact the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office at (216) 443-7010.
UH Regional Hospitals Family Medicine Residents offer Beaumont School, Pre-Med Club students hands-on medical career experiences This past school year, physicians in the Family Medicine Residency Program at University Hospitals (UH) Regional Hospitals Department of Medical Education, based at UH Bedford and Richmond medical centers, came to Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights to offer four unique education opportunities to members of the Pre-Med Club. Michael P. Rowane, DO, Director of Medical Education, UH Regional Hospitals, had previously spoken to the students at the girls high school at the request of his daughter, Marija, a Pre-Med Club Officer and 2014 Beaumont graduate. “The club is comprised of bright, motivated young women,” says Dr. Rowane. “I quickly realized they wanted to learn about medical career opportunities from physicians just beginning their careers and to whom they can directly relate.” Dr. Rowane encouraged the UH program’s female Family Medicine residents to participate. “We were given a wonderful opportunity as women in medicine to encourage and inspire other women who want to explore the field,” says Anne Marie Zeller, DO, Co-Chief Family Medicine Resident, PGY-2, UH Regional Hospitals. The Beaumont Pre-Med Club had nearly 35 members during the 2013-14 school year.
the applications of tools in a physician’s medical kit including throat, eye, hearing and reflex exams. The presentations were so impactful, the Pre-Med Club’s new student officers plan to have the UH residents back for the upcoming school year. “We’re so grateful to UH, Drs. Ratay and Zeller, and their physician team who have given so much and formed such wonderful, positive relationship with our students,” says Gretchen Santo, science teacher and Moderator, Beaumont School Pre-Med Club. “These accomplished professionals prove to our girls that you can be a very successful woman in every aspect of your
life.” The Beaumont School teaching outreach benefits the UH Regional Hospitals residents as much as the students. “As the kids learn firsthand what opportunities await them in the medical field, our residents are motivated to be even better caregivers in their community,” says Dr. Rowane. To learn more about the UH Regional Hospitals Family Medicine Residency Program and the residents’ involvement in the community, visit www.uhrichmond.org and click “Education,” or call 440-585-4821.
Each time UH Regional Hospitals residents presented, the voluntary attendance at the meetings increased to its highest level. “This material was new and very exciting to the students,” says Susan M. BorisukRatay, DO, Co-Chief Family Medicine Resident, PGY-2, UH Regional Hospitals. “They immersed themselves in our handson demonstrations and discovered they were doing things that advanced medical students sometimes don’t get a chance to do.” Using mannequins and actual instruments, the residents’ interactive sessions focused on complications that can occur when delivering a baby; suturing techniques that allowed students to work with stitches and the latest skin polymers; sports and osteopathic manipulative treatment techniques; and
JULY 4TH PARADE The Cities of Bedford and Bedford Heights are hosting our 31st annual Independence Day Parade on Friday, July 4th beginning at 10:00 a.m. The parade starts at Columbus and Washington Street, proceeds east on Columbus Road to Perkins Road, disbanding at Bedford Heights City Hall. If your group or organization is interested in being a part of the parade, please call City Hall at 440-232-1600 or obtain an application from www.bedfordoh.gov.
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Dentistry Is A Profession Trying to Put Itself OUT of Business Why is this true? Early on in dental school dentists are taught that the goal for treating patients is to get them to the place where they have no problems that would cause them to loose their teeth. Teeth are a body part just like fingers and toes. We sure donâ€™t want to loose a foot, just as we would not want to lose our teeth. Interestingly enough a 90 year old with good healthy gums could have the mouth health of a teenager â€“ so age is NOT a contributor to a dental problem. Neglect is! Prevention is important. It is valuable and the key to keeping teeth for a lifetime. As long treatment that is needed from time to time that a dentist observes is needed and gums are in a healthy range, teeth will last and last just like elbows and fingernails. How is this so? Because IF one has the treatment when the problem is small (which costs a lot less) the teeth can easily be repaired. Additionally beginning gum disease can be changed to healthy tissue easily with the proper home care, as gum disease destroys the tissue supporting the tooth. I you practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, get regular check-ups with your dentist to catch any problems that might develop, eat a sensible diet (donâ€™t eat or drink too many sugary foods or beverages) studies have shown you should be able to maintain your teeth in a healthy state and NOT need expensive, heroic dentistry.
When I was in dental school, the first thing we were taught in dentistry was preventive dentistry. It always amazed me that dentistry is a profession that is trying to put itself out of business. If everyone practiced good and smart oral hygiene, the percentage of tooth decay would drop tremendously, teeth wouldnâ€™t have to be extracted due to cavities and crowns*, bridges*, implants and dentures could be avoided. I say smart oral hygiene because a patient of mine recently remarked â€œIâ€™ve never had cavities! Why now?â€? She went on to say, â€œI always brush and floss at night and then have a coke or two before bed.â€? Unfortunately the sugar from the coke sat on her teeth all night and caused decay while she slept. She thought she was taking care of her teeth but a sugary beverage before bed leaves mouth bacteria (always there) able to grow as there is abundant food in the mouth all night left from the sugary drink. Bacteria which are acid producing eat the same food we eat. She didnâ€™t realize the danger her habit had placed her teeth in. Regular visits to the dentist would have pointed out the dangers EARLY ON when it first started â€“ rather than let decay get so deep that she ended up with tooth aches resulting in high dental treatment costs and some lost teeth. This patient obviously knew the value of good home care, but because she did not change one behavior, disaster
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We see every dental scenario possible in our office, so what we instruct each patient to do at home is different according to what we see that is going on with their teeth and gums. I , the dentist, know that checkups regularly are needed even when everything seems fine and there is no pain. It should be taught in health at schools actually. (Gum disease is a silent killer and it is the cause of 80% of adult tooth loss â€“ cavities and accidents are the other 20%) If a small problem with gum disease is found early the damage can be stopped and prevented from getting worse. Also a cavity wouldnâ€™t get deep enough to need expensive dental treatment to try to save the tooth. Most adults do need expert help to thoroughly clean their teeth.Little tips about home care can save a lot of dollars later. Small problems wonâ€™t develop into larger, more expensive and possibly, life-threatening conditions. One of the ways that I can accomplish my job as a preventive dentist is to tell you, the reader, why dental visits are so much cheaper if they are regular (not just what insurance covers if you have gum disease) The bacteria in your mouth produce acid which eats through gums (they will usually bleed then) then that same bacterial acid melts away bone. Once you have boneloss it is final, not reversible or replaceable. A dentist cannot bring bone back once it is gone. Therefore, preventive dental appointments interrupt this mouth destruction, help to tighten up gums
around the tooth like before they got infected and help maintain your whole bodyâ€™s health by not allowing this infection to enter the blood stream. Ask your dentist why this is true when you go for your visit. Although it may appear at times that it is too expensive to go to the dentist, remember that not practicing preventative dental care will only cost more later. Additionally remember in dentistry we have to custom design anything that repairs or replaces a tooth, there is no â€œone size fits allâ€?. There are no identical dentures you can pull off the shelf and place in a personâ€™s mouth. Everything must be custom designed for each personâ€™s individual mouth. I can tell you that I really enjoy seeing a mouth that holds its own because it is cared for and healthy. Just know that there is ALWAYS something that can be done to make any and everyone a SMILE, any problem with teeth and gums can be solved and your overall health returned. Truly everyone deserves healthy teeth and gums and a beautiful smile no matter how old or young. You may have more questions about what I have said. We spend a lot of time at initial exams so that all your questions can get answered and if they havenâ€™t been answered in the past please call us today! Call us at 440-439-2230 for an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.
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Bedford Art and Garden Walk Art & Garden Tour, June 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will showcase sun & shade gardens in historic Bedford with local artist exhibiting their work
at each. Artwork includes metal sculpture, jewelry, paintings, ceramics and more. Purchase advance sale tickets at American Turf Garden Center,
845 Broadway or Carol James Florist, 451 Broadway in Bedford. Day-of-tour purchases can be made at Bedford Commons, 730 Broadway Avenue. For
more information, phone: 440-2321600.
Bedford Playground Program The Playground Program begins on Monday, June 16th. This program is for children ages 5-12, Bedford residents
only. The eight week summer program will run Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registation will take place at Ellenwood Center beginning May 5th. Cost is $300 per child. Price subject to
change with field trip costs. Registration requires current utility bill, childâ€™s report card and birth certificate.
Incentive-Based Allocation of Public Resources Would Encourage on-the-Field Performance, Help Maximize Economic Benefits Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced today that he will submit legislation to County Council that would reserve 20% of public revenues for stadium maintenance and distribute it between the Browns, Cavaliers, and Indians based on their success each year. â€œClevelandâ€™s pro sports franchises are part of our identity and civic pride, and they serve as a rallying point for men and women of all ages and backgrounds,â€? said FitzGerald. â€œWhen voters approved Issue 7 last month, their minds committed to support world class facilities, and their heart hoped for Cleveland to be a championship city once again. The proposal I am announcing today is intended to operationalize the intent of Cuyahoga County residents and reward our local franchises for fielding
competitive teams each year.â€? When the sin tax extension takes effect next year, FitzGeraldâ€™s proposal will continue to direct 80% of all sin tax revenues towards repair, maintenance, and improvement to ensure Clevelandâ€™s three major sports facilities remain among the best in the nation. Using industry-standard measures for evaluating facility needs and maintenance, as well as the requests submitted by each franchise during the sin tax debate, Cuyahoga County will ensure that the FirstEnergy Stadium, Quicken Loans Arena, and Progressive Field remain top-tier venues for another generation. The remaining 20% of sin tax revenues would be reserved for performance bonuses presented to the team or teams that perform well each year. The â€œWin Taxâ€? bonus is
designed to reward the organizations that commit themselves to giving fans a winning team and generating economic benefits for the Northeast Ohio economy. Based on projections of future sin tax revenues, the Win Tax bonus will make more than $50 million available for justified capital improvements. â€œClevelandâ€™s sports fans wear their hearts on their sleeves every year, and they deserve to know that their tax dollars are being spent in a transparent and accountable way to support our professional sports franchises,â€? added FitzGerald. â€œI am hopeful that my administration can work with County Council to get the job done for all of Greater Cleveland.â€? In order to determine the standards for awarding Win Tax bonuses, the County will establish a Fan Advisory
Network (FAN) consisting of seven Cleveland sports fans who reside in Cuyahoga County. The FAN will establish criteria for rewarding good performance and have the ability to make recommendations on allocating funding based on win percentage, conference standing, or other metrics. Applications for participation on the Fan Advisory Network will be made available at www.cuyahogacounty.us once the proposal is enacted. In addition to requiring accountability, FitzGeraldâ€™s proposal demands transparency by requiring that all work performed on the three major sports facilities is performed subject to a County Community Benefits Agreement â€“ all contracts and capital requests will be maintained as public records
New Cleveland MetroParks Mountain Bike/Hike Trail Open
Cleveland Metroparks is celebrating National Trails Day with the opening of a new mountain bike/hike trail in Bedford Reservation on Saturday, June 7. The new nine mile trail features a series of loops extending from the paved all purpose trail. Beginner riders can practice on
the shorter loops while more experienced riders can use all the loops. Because this trail will be shared by bikers, hikers and runners, bikes will flow one way while those on foot will go in the opposite direction. Bike riders should be aware that sections of the mountain bike/hike trail briefly share the bridle trail. Horses always have the right of way and bicyclists must stop to let them pass. Cleveland Metroparks volunteer trail builders worked hundreds of hours along with Cleveland Metroparks staff to build this new trail. Many of the bridges on the trail were constructed using fallen trees taken from
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throughout the Park District. The new mountain bike/hike trail is currently nine miles long and an additional mile and a half will be completed later this year. This last section will connect to Summit Metro Parksâ€™ Bike & Hike Trail and the Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Cleveland Metroparks mountain bike trails are closed to all users when itâ€™s wet and muddy in order to protect the trail surface and prevent rutting, widening
and erosion. Cleveland Metroparks trail system is one of Greater Clevelandâ€™s greatest assets and includes more than 270 miles of trails throughout the Park Districtâ€™s nearly 23,000 acres. Approximately 70 percent of park visitors have indicated that trails are the primary reason they visit one of Cleveland Metroparks 18 reservations.
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Hemp is a topic that has divided households for decades. In the light of our economic, ecological, and health crises, it’s time to get the historical facts straight and look at the widespread beneficial usages. Brian Edwards-Tikkert, host of KPFA’s “Upfront” program, interviewed Doug Fine, author of the new book, Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution (http://dougfine.com/) on May 28, 2014. Excerpts of the conversation follow. Tikkert began the segment with a clip from a WWII propaganda film called “Hemp for Victory, produced when the US military found itself one of the first victims of drug prohibition: ‘For centuries prior to the 1850s, all the ships that sailed the seas were rigged with hemp rope and sails. It was also used in fire hoses, shoelaces, derricks, and webbing for parachutes.’ The military was trying to rekindle an industry that the US government had virtually wiped out just a few years prior. Today hemp advocates are looking into the crop’s uses for everything from a carbon sink to construction materials to a source of renewable energy. The wave of efforts to end marijuana prohibition may provide just the opening they need.” Brian: “Hemp is what you call any nonpsychoactive strain of the plant we know as marijuana. And it is an extremely versatile industrial fiber. I want to start with the history of this plant. It was used in the paper that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on. The fibers were in the first flag that Betsy Ross sewed together. How did the US wind up outlawing it?” Doug: “Basically hemp was the victim of a typo when another of America’s worst policies was instituted: overall cannabis prohibition with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 which included all versions of the plant. The American Medical Association vociferously opposed this prohibition because they knew it was a valuable medicine. For 77 years people have been asked not to use one of their longest utilized and most useful plants. This year’s federal Farm Bill includes a hemp provision, put forward by Colorado Congressman Jared Polis, that has the industry revving up.” Brian: “Looking back as to why the prohibition was originally put into place, William Randolph Hearst owned paper pulp production from trees, and he didn’t want competition from hemp.” Doug: “Hearst newspapers ran unacceptable yellow journalism with ridiculous scare tactics about cannabis—saying that it made African American jazz singers go after upstanding citizen’s blond daughters and that kind of nonsense. Most people now understand it’s safer than alcohol. It’s quite possible that one of Hearst’s motivations was just to sell papers. I realized that when I went to one of the first plantings of hemp in Colorado and a crew drove several hours from Denver for just a small segment on ABC local news. I said, ‘Wow, it’s great that your station recognizes the importance of hemp.’ ‘No, our managing editor realizes that anything related to cannabis gets ratings and people watch it.’” Brian: “So then WWII hits and suddenly the US realizes we need a lot of hemp to win the war effort. So how does the US start ramping up production?“
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Hemp: The Boost the American Economy Needs Doug: “Cannabis prohibition was about the denial of cultivation permits. It was just a question of the US Dept of Agriculture issuing permits for the period of the war and then stopping issuing them after the war. George Bush’s parachute’s hemp rigging saved his life in WWII when he jumped out of that plane.” Brian: “So walk us through the properties of hemp. Industrial hemp is something that no matter how much you smoke, you can’t get high on it.” Doug: “Any variety of the plant that has less than .1 THC, the psychoactive component, can be cultivated. Most of the nations of the world do this. The reason hemp is coming back in a big way is bottom line. Canadian farmers are making $300 profit per acre which is 10 times more than what they are making on genetically-modified crops like corn, wheat, and soy. American farmers read the journals and they know that’s where the money is. Hemp oil is an omega-balanced superfood.” “The rest of the world has been at this for a long time. In terms of confusing the industrial and psychoactive plants, Canada has been growing hemp for 15 years and their industry is approaching $1 billion this year--and there’s never been one single case of confusion.” Brian: “What’s it being used for today?” Doug: “Hemp seed oil—that’s all the Canadians are growing it for: body care products, health food, animal feed. Europeans and the Chinese are growing it for the fiber— so they’re way ahead in fiber applications. Hemp fibers are stronger than steel and today they go into BMW and Mercedes door panels. In the construction industry, hemp mixed with lime gives better insulation value than fiberglass without the petroleum and toxic off-gassing issues.” “The big energy application is a biomass combustion process called gasification. There are towns in Germany and Austria that are completely energy independent by combusting their farm waste using this anaerobic process. The Army’s getting into it because it’s a way to generate energy without transporting fuels through danger zones. They use inexpensive relatively small units to do this. There are videos on YouTube showing this. So it’s not a pipe dream. It’s happening around the world.” “Farmers are restoring their soil growing hemp. The foot-long tap roots provide essential aeration, nitrogen and other nutrients. It doesn’t take long to grow. And once the seed oil crop is done, they are left with a hard, woody core. Combusting that might really be a way to help humanity’s climate situation.” “Phytoremediation is another property of hemp. It was used at Chernobyl to leach radiation out of the soil.” “In so much of the heartland—Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado—the soil now looks like the Sahara. It just sifts through your fingers. The deep reservoirs are drying up due to overuse. What Ryan Laughlin, the first commercial hemp farmer last year, discovered was that hemp takes half the water that the crop he previously grew took--wheat. His neighbors are recognizing that they may be able to dry-crop and heal their soil. And still have the stalks left over for energy.” Brian: “What’s the legalities now of growing
hemp? Are Colorado farmers risking federal prosecution?” Doug: “Though Colorado farmers are, the feds are probably not going to raid now since they didn’t raid last year. What the new Farm Bill does is it allows university research in states which have permitted cultivation. There are now 13 such states including Colorado, Indiana, California, Nebraska and Tennessee. Colorado has gone further in is issuing permits with no acreage restriction so farmers can grow the high-profit seed oil plants.” “We need to support a bill being put forward by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. S359 would allow federal law to catch up with Colorado law and get hemp out of the Controlled Substances Act.” Brian: “The political alignments of this are interesting. When the House voted on the hemp provision in the Farm bill, it got the support of 69 Republicans including Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.” Doug: “And Senator Ron Paul is pressing the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) to allow importation of hemp seeds from Canada so Kentucky farmers can start planting.” Brian: “What does this mean for marijuana cultivation? I’m guessing that the flag the DEA is waving is that if industrial hemp is allowed to be grown, and it looks the same as the cannabis that makes you high, it will make it much harder to control psychoactive production.” Doug: “They are making that argument and it’s absolutely spurious. The two varieties can’t be grown in proximity. If the pollen from industrial hemp gets onto the marijuana plant, it lowers the psychoactivity. Also, industrial hemp is thin, tall stalks; marijuana plants are small, flower-heavy, and bushy.” In closing, Doug Fine said: “I believe that industrial hemp is going to be a bigger market than marijuana. My argument is that Coors is big, but Exxon-Mobil is bigger!” Are you intrigued? Here are some of the uses Jeff Meints cites in his article, “The Hemp Plant, Humankind’s Savior - 50,000 Uses and Counting.” (www.voteindustrialhemp.com) •Henry Ford had a dream of building cars from hemp. A car body made from hemp can withstand a blow 10 times as great as steel without denting, weighs 1,000 pounds less than steel (hence improving gas mileage), can run on nontoxic hemp fuel, and has a
completely biodegradable body. •Hemp could eliminate deforestation by converting current paper to hemp paper which can be recycled up to 8 times where as our current wood pulp is only recyclable up to 3 times. •Hemp-based concrete lasts for centuries (greatly minimizing road repairs) •1 acre of hemp produces more oxygen than 25 acres of forest. •It is drought and disease resistant and has little or no need for pesticides. •Hemp seeds are 33% protein and contain more beneficial omega fatty acids and amino acids than any other source. •Bridges made from a mixture of hemp and lime last for centuries. •Pottery, shoes, jewelry, shampoos, and body lotions can be made from hemp. •Clothing made from hemp is very soft and durable. •Building materials made from hemp are fire-resistant and are stronger, more durable and flexible than our currently used wood pulp composite building materials. •Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for 4,800 years and has been prescribed for over 250 illnesses and diseases including seizures, asthma, insomnia, migraines, increasing appetite in AIDS and cancer patients, glaucoma, hemorrhoids (in suppositories), depression, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Recent studies in Italy have shown that a chemical found in marijuana inhibits the growth of cancer cells in rats. Hemp is grown in 30 countries including England, Canada, France, Australia, China, Italy, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Romania, and Russia. Let’s revitalize our economy in an eco-friendly way by encouraging Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman to vote Yes on S359. You can reach them toll-free through the Capital switchboard: 866-220-0044. Ellen Augustine, M.A., is a speaker and author on national currents and the emerging sustainable economy. She may be reached at email@example.com, 510-4281832, www.storiesofhope.us. Questions, feedback, and topic ideas for future columns are welcome.
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Making Sense of the Law Linda J. How, J.D. INTRODUCTION: Today’s column is based on a true story, about a lady who decided to write her own Will and botched it. Do you really need a lawyer for a simple Will? Can’t you just download a form from the Internet and do it yourself? Is it really so complicated? LAWYER JOKES Let’s admit it – people hate lawyers. So people tell jokes to express that hatred. (Question: What do you call 100 lawyers chained to the bottom of the ocean floor? Answer: A good start!) Some jokes portray lawyers as dishonest or even predatory. (Question: Why did the shark eat the accountant and the doctor, but not the lawyer? Answer: Professional courtesy!) Other jokes describe lawyers as simply repulsive. (Question: What’s the difference between a lawyer and a catfish? Answer: One is a bottomdwelling scum-sucker, and the other’s a fish.) But have you ever thought about the kind of jokes lawyers tell each other? We describe the petty bickerings people have that escalate into needless law suits. (“A small town that cannot support one lawyer can always support two.”) We lament the stupidity of people who think they don’t need lawyers. (“He who
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Writing (and Botching) Your Own Will: It’s No Joke represents himself has a fool for a client.” – Abraham Lincoln.) And yes, sometimes we laugh at the blockheaded person who insists on doing complex legal things himself. (Lawyer, lifting his glass: “I propose a toast – To the man who writes his own Will!”) I have told that last joke many, many times, to ordinary people. And they never laugh. They just don’t get it. Let me help YOU to “get it.” ANN ALDRICH (real name, real person) was a childless widow in Florida. She wrote her own Will on an “E-Z Legal Form” that she got from the Internet. She listed every specific item she owned (house, IRA, insurance, car, and bank accounts) and named her sister, Mary Jane Eaton (real name, real person), as beneficiary of it all. So, what went wrong? Problem was, Mary Jane Eaton died first. And guess who inherited all HER $tuff? Ann Aldrich! And guess what else – Ann Aldrich had botched her Will. It contained NO instructions on who was the beneficiary of $tuff not specifically listed (such as the $tuff inherited from Mary Jane). (In legal language, Ann Aldrich’s Will contained no “residuary clause.”) And guess what else – Ann Aldrich tried to update her Will, naming her brother, James Michael Aldrich (real name, real person), as beneficiary now that Mary Jane was dead. But Ann botched the update too. Then Ann Aldrich died. Relatives
suddenly appeared, like cockroaches crawling out from the woodwork. The brother claimed all of Ann’s stuff was his, because Ann Aldrich had expressed her “true wishes” in the botched update. Nieces claimed the Will and the update were meaningless, and that they, as the closest blood relatives, should get it all. Who won? What do YOU think? The law suit went all the way to the Supreme Court of Florida. One judge made what is, to me, the most important comment: “I therefore take this opportunity to highlight a cautionary tale of the potential dangers of utilizing pre-printed forms and drafting a will without legal assistance.” In other words, using Internet forms and not having a lawyer led to a gigantic legal mess. DOING IT YOURSELF If you think I’m going to tell you how to write your own Will, read this carefully – No, I’m not. Have you seen the advertisement on TV of the man who is pointing a knife at his stomach and he is on the phone with his surgeon? The surgeon is telling him where to cut. And the man hesitates a long time and finally says, “Shouldn’t YOU be doing this?” If Ann Aldrich had hired a lawyer to write her Will, she may have spent a few hundred dollars. But because she did things herself, the lawyers on both sides of the law suit probably got paid thousands and thousands of dollars.
NOW do you understand the lawyer’s toast made in jest,“To the man who writes his own Will”? If you do understand, then you can avoid becoming the butt of others’ jokes. And if you still don’t get it and insist on doing legal things yourself, then the joke is on you. You’ve made yourself a laughingstock. CONCLUSION: A lawyer is like a surgeon. Each has specialized knowledge and experience in very complicated matters that you simply cannot handle yourself. The tragedy, to me as a lawyer, is that people hate their lawyers. Do they hate their surgeons as much? THE AUTHOR: Linda J. How is an elder-law lawyer in Bedford, providing Medicaid counseling and estate planning. She has legal training from the national organization, Medicaid Practice Systems (now known as Lawyers With Purpose). To help people understand the value of planning, Mrs. How presents FREE educational workshops called, “Seven Threats to Your Family Security.” UPCOMING EVENING WORKSHOPS (from 6 to 8 p.m.): Monday, July 14, 2014, and Monday, August 11, 2014. UPCOMING AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (from 2 to 4 p.m.): Wednesday, July 16, 2014, and Wednesday, August 13, 2014. For an office appointment or to reserve seats at a Workshop, Mrs. How may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440786-9449.
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Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital at Euclid Hospital helps patients regain independence.
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Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital at Euclid Hospital provides specialized care for patients who need intensive rehabilitation after hospitalization for stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, major illness, surgery or trauma.
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Located within Euclid Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital offers a seamless transition to the rehabilitative phase of recovery with medical coverage 24 hours a day, and includes access to a full range of medical and surgical specialties, as well as laboratory and radiology services. Patrick Shaughnessy, MD, a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital at Euclid Hospital, says, â€œA rehab hospital provides the medical management, intense therapy and specialized care that results in excellent outcomes for our patients.â€? $PXOWLGLVFLSOLQDU\WHDPGHYHORSVFDUHSODQVVSHFLĂ€FDOO\GHVLJQHGIRUHDFK patient and works with the patient and their support network to provide an integrated treatment approach. The team consists of a rehabilitation physician and nurse; physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapists; dietitian, social worker and case manager. Rehabilitation to meet each patientâ€™s needs Each patientâ€™s rehab plan is based on his or her individual needs. Most patients receive physical and occupational therapy daily, spending three KRXUVLQWKHUDS\Ă€YHGD\VDZHHN:HHNHQGWKHUDS\LVSURYLGHGDVQHHGHG Additionally, most patients also receive speech and recreational therapy.
*Archiving Personal Memories: Thursday, June 12th / 7:00 p.m. Many of us have collections of family photos, letters, diaries and scrapbooks. Amy Manella, Archivist and Records Analyst from Cuyahoga Community College, will share how small changes in storage and handling can help preserve your memories. The Hot Urban Book Club: Saturday, June 21st / 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. For those who love urban drama and have to have hip hop lit, this is the book group for you. Club members can recommend books, talk about urban lit authors and review upcoming releases. Book group members will be the first to get copies of new releases and find out about urban lit book events. *Garden Bullies: Saturday, June 21st / 2:00 p.m. Join David Emmitt from Tri-C to learn about the many plants that are popular for their showiness turn out to be not such good neighbors to other plants in the garden. The worst bullies are discussed as well as places that they may actually be useful. This talk does not address plants that are considered invasive, just pushy. African-American Authors Book Club: Tuesday, June 24th / 7:15 p.m. Join us to explore all genres of African-American writing. All adults are welcome. We will read African American classics, historical fiction, science fiction, mysteries, autobiographies, nonfiction,
fiction and urban fiction. Copies of the book are available one month before the discussion date. June title: Never Goinâ€™ Back: Winning the weightloss battle for good by Al Roker TEEN G2P: AnimĂŠ Club: Wednesday, June 18th / 7:00 p.m. (Ages 11 â€“ 18) Join us to play video games, board games and Yu-Gi-Oh trading card duels, as well as participate in craft projects. *Pen 2 Page Writing Crew: Saturdays, June 14th, 28th, July 12th, 26th, August 9th, 23rd / 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Grades 6 â€“ 12) Ink it up in this creative writing club for teens. We will provide writing prompts and exercises to help you improve your skills and provide a welcome place to share your work and practice your craft. *Interactive Media Camp: Monday, June 23rd thru Thursday, June 26th / 2:00 â€“ 4:00 p.m. Create your own video games, mix music and practice animation during an action-packed 4-day tech camp. Whether youâ€™re a newbie or guru, youâ€™ll accelerate your skills to develop wicked games, music and animations you can take with you! You must attend all four days and participants must register with a parent at the branch in order to fill out our required paperwork prior to the program. CHILDRENâ€™S PROGRAMS Family Storytime: Wednesdays, thru July 30th / 6:30 p.m. (Caregivers and their children ages Birth â€“ 8 years) Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories.
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